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Just another 'me too' synth? Not quite...
The best in simulated space
The unflappable DAW finally opens its stable to third-party developers, but should we be more careful what we wish for?
The latest version of this much-talked-about DAW
We're all in favour of groundbreaking, forward-thinking plug-ins, but when they're done right, simple synths can sometimes be sensational...
Computer MusicMarch 30, 2015, 10:31 GMT
With its refocus on conventional synth-like behaviour, Iris 2 is an even more powerful instrument than its awesome predecessor.
Computer MusicMarch 25, 2015, 11:01 GMT
A useful, well-produced app, MicSwap Pro impressed us more than we expected it to.
Computer MusicMarch 23, 2015, 11:18 GMT
Ultimately, the iTwo is an unremarkable, workmanlike interface that sounds good and comes in at a reasonable price.
Computer MusicMarch 23, 2015, 10:44 GMT
Time will tell if the new Membership scheme will fly, but Sonar remains one of the most powerful DAWs available on Windows.
Computer MusicMarch 22, 2015, 11:21 GMT
Strummed Acoustic sounds superb, plays easily and boasts a high level of flexibility (and, consequently, longevity) thanks to its seamless pattern and chord changing. Recommended.
Computer MusicMarch 21, 2015, 11:39 GMT
For big, rich orchestrals in a hurry, there's plenty to recommend here to those on a relaxed budget.
Computer MusicMarch 20, 2015, 11:23 GMT
Epic and enormous, Capriccio is a masterpiece.
Computer MusicMarch 18, 2015, 11:00 GMT
Vocoder 5000 is the best-sounding software vocoder around, but it's a real CPU guzzler and takes a while to learn. Not for the faint-hearted!
Computer MusicMarch 17, 2015, 11:00 GMT
An utterly risible effort, this dire DAW is one of the worst pieces of music-making software we've ever encountered.
Computer MusicMarch 16, 2015, 11:02 GMT
An expertly crafted multiband compressor with the inclusion of one- and two-band versions coming as a very welcome bonus.
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